This puzzle game is short on flash, but has a deceptively addictive premise that can turn a five-minute distraction into a few hours well wasted. The goal is simple: drop blocks to make a tower that's as straight as possible. But because the blocks are attached to a swinging rope, it takes careful timing to get the pieces to fall where you want, which makes pulling off long combos all the more satisfying. It's a little light on Facebook integration, but still a good time waster.
The ubiquitous “match three” goodness of Bejeweled is perfect in quick doses, and that's exactly what this Facebook rendition gives you. With a one-minute time limit, the game feels almost like a demo, but 60-second games are actually a great fit for the platform. Instead of spending minutes or hours trying to reach a certain score, you instead get an intense burst of play in which to try and rack up as many points as possible. This intensity is, of course, increased by the ability to compare scores with any friends who might be playing.
Buried deep down on the list of popular games, you'll find this little gem, starring a pixelated cowboy with an itchy trigger finger and a large shotgun. Pixel Ranger plays like a shooting gallery, as you move the tiny ranger around the screen, blowing away everything that moves. The key is to manage your ammo, which drops from fallen enemies, since running out of bullets means game over. As things progress, more obstacles are thrown in your way, including faster and harder-to-kill enemies and even moving platforms, which can make collecting ammo an exercise in frustration.
Of course, Facebook wouldn't be a gaming platform if it didn't have some form of Tetris on it. The official Facebook version features five different game modes, as well as the expected ability to challenge friends and compare scores via online leaderboards. It doesn't bring anything new to the table, but Tetris is always a welcome distraction, and this is a great version.
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